HELP ME - before I die of sleep deprivation!!!

Lisa-Marie - posted on 05/23/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old boy still wakes up all night. He has never slept through. We have a set bed time routine and he is in bed at 7.30. He has 2 naps during the day - 9.30 til 10 and 1 til 2. He has a big dinner about 2 hours before bed and then a bottle of formula before he sleeps. He wakes up around 10.30 then 12.00 then 2.30 then 4.30 then is up about 6.30am.
He will not take a dummy and lately won't even take a bottle to get him self back to sleep. I have tried letting him cry (going in every 15 minutes and laying him back down) but that went on for 2 hours each time he woke - every night for 3 nights with no change.
He is teething but I give him teething gel and panadol and even though it works to get him back down faster he is still awake 2 hours later.
I have made sure he is comfortable (not hot, cold, I have elevated his bed, given him a blanket I use with my smell on it, make sure his nappy is not to wet/dirty, ect)
All I do at the moment is offer him a bottle and stand next to his cot rubbing is back while he tosses and turns and crys for 1/2 an hour or so til he falls back to sleep.
PLEASE HELP ME!!! I am so tired and I am due to have another baby in two months and I also have a four year old - I have no idea how I will be able to do it if he doesn't sleep better at night!
Thanks

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Cecaila - posted on 05/23/2010

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My son who is two now use to do the same thing. I asked my doctor what to do, he told me to cut back on the naps. instead of two naps try giving him only one. It worked for me mabe it will help you. lol. Good luck.

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Melissa - posted on 05/27/2010

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OH I am so against the CIO. It just would not work for us!

Not that its bad I just don't like it but it does work for some.

Melissa - posted on 05/27/2010

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I had the same issues with my son crying and waking up a lot at night but my pediatrician said at that age they are really too old for colic.. they are just doing it out of habit. He did not start sleeping through the night until 2 nights ago and he will be a year old on June 1st. I would just let him sleep with me if he would not go back to sleep in his bed which was every night. Now I go in with him awake at 9:30p... I lay on the floor with him in his crib and put my hand through the slatts to let him know I am there. He crawls around and plays in there but after about 15 minutes he goes to sleep. I may go in one time during the night to pat him back to sleep (may take 5 minutes if that) then he sleeps until 5-5:30a. Just be patient it will all end soon and will miss him needing/wanting you! At that age he took 2 naps a day but went to bed after 9p. Maybe he is getting too much sleep... the recommendations are 13-16hrs for that age but not all babies need that much sleep. Try putting him to bed later but keep the naps.

Roxanne - posted on 05/26/2010

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i would take him to c a pediatrician, he could have colic. it sounds as if its pain thats waking him up.hope it works out for u good lluck

Claire - posted on 05/26/2010

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when my son was born we made sure he was in a routine str8 away we woke himup 4hourly for a feed and he was in bed for 8 oclock by 6weeks he was sleeping from 10pm till 6am ..now he is 7months goes to bed at half7 we let him cry on a bad night it can take up to an hour but normally about 10mins then sleeps till 6:00am when his daddy gets him up. with your new baby put in a routine asap and just try and persist with your 9month old i hope this helps sweetie...x

Brittany - posted on 05/25/2010

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I would make sure he's up 12 hrs a day & cut out naps & put him to bed a little later.I did that and it really helped!Good luck :)

Hillary - posted on 05/25/2010

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we read "the no-cry sleep solution" by elizabeth pantley and "healthy sleep habits, happy child" (or something like that) by dr. weissbluth. they were good fits for us.

Elisabeth - posted on 05/25/2010

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He probably has a stomach ache (colic). There is something that he is consuming that is effecting his digestive system, try seeing a doctor. Perhaps he's lactose intolerant?

Brenda - posted on 05/25/2010

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Hylands teething tablets are a life saver for me. They contain chamomile which helps the baby relax and feel sleepy.

Natasha - posted on 05/24/2010

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He might have colic. Get gas drops. They help. My son was doing that and the gas drops helped him. He started sleeping through the night the night after I started using them.

Mari Carmen - posted on 05/23/2010

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My daughter, now 2yrs old did not sleep through the night until she was about 9 months.. I understand you, trust me.. What I did so she could sleep all night was push her nap time to 2pm for no more than 2hrs.. only once a day... try it.. don't let him sleep too much or too late..

Mary - posted on 05/23/2010

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Have you tried music? For a while I used a nice lullaby CD. Is it too light or dark? You are going to go nuts pretty soon I think if you can't get him figured out. Wow.

Lisa-Marie - posted on 05/23/2010

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Thanks Angela - He did take a dummy (only a pacific type) till he was about 4 months then he decided he didn't want it anymore - since then I have spent more money only different types of dummies then I care to think about but he still refuses them all :(

Angela - posted on 05/23/2010

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Wow sounds like you have tried everything.. my baby doesnt sleep well either but ceirtainly not that bad. The only other thing u might be able to try is a different kind of dummy maybe? Brookie would only take a ceirtain one. Otherwise unfortuanately im a believer that they are going to sleep when they are going to sleep... My friends baby is 17months and is still sleeping horribly... sorry!

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